Meatballs and Gravy (Spaghetti Sauce)

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins

We used to have this every Wednesday. This is essentially my grandma's recipe, I just add more cheese to the meatballs than she did. Sometimes I leave the neckbones out and add some Italian sausage.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place ground beef, pork, bread crumbs, Romano cheese, eggs, milk, seasoned salt and basil into a large bowl.
  2. Mix well with hands; shape into 24 balls.
  3. Brown meatballs in pan, making sure to keep a thin layer of water on the bottom of the pan at all times to prevent burning.
  4. While meatballs are cooking, start the gravy.
  5. Brown onion lightly in olive oil in a large pot.
  6. Add garlic and cook 1 or 2 minutes.(Do not burn.).
  7. Add tomato paste and water.
  8. Stir until tomato paste is thinned.
  9. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  10. Bring to a slow boil and reduce heat.
  11. When meatballs are done, add to sauce.
  12. Simmer, covered loosely, over low heat about 2 hours, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  13. If sauce is too thick water may be added.
Most Helpful

I thought the meatballs were on the mushy side, could have used some black pepper. Nothing too fantastic.

russellskitty September 12, 2010

I have made this few times,making it again tonight and just remembered to comment on it!. This is absolutely scrumptious! the only thing i do differently is omit the neckbones,put extra cheese and fresh basil in meatballs and add about a cup of white wine and few basil leaves into the gravy!!my family loves it and wants me to make it all the time! thanks for sharing this great recipe :):)

^RoSe^ December 09, 2009